Kerry J Miller, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Hello, my name is Kerry and I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist and NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse. I work privately, alongside my NHS role, offering face-to-face treatment to adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or any related difficulties.
I have been employed in the NHS as part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service since 2008. Prior to this I had worked in a number of roles within (and outside) mental health since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1990.
CBT is intended to be short term and focused. It is recommended by NICE as the treatment of choice across a wide range of psychological problems as its' effectiveness has been demonstrated through numerous clinical trials over many years. Depending on individual need, the number of sessions might be between 6-20, and longer term work might be agreed if there is a clear rationale.
My approach to CBT is integrative, which means I draw from a number of evidenced treatment models, specifically the third wave approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness. I also offer psychological coaching for work related issues.
If you think you need treatment for any difficulties associated with anxiety or depression, want to explore your values, or just need to share your concerns in a confidential and supportive space, please feel free to contact me to arrange a free initial half an hour appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BABCP accredited CBT psychotherapist, a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and an NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse. As such I am committed to continuing professional development and keep up-to-date with current research and developments in the field of psychology.
In the last year or so I have completed courses on How to Manage Pain and Accelerate Healing, Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Activation in Post Natal Depression, Therapist's use of Self in ACT, Compassion Focused Therapy for Complex Presentations, and Compassion and Resilience in the Workplace.
In the year to come I plan to further my understanding of persistent pain and fatigue, medically unexplained symptoms, and dissociative disorders.
I meet with similarly qualified and experienced therapists for peer supervision and discuss my work with a senior accredited supervisor regularly.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sleep problems, specific phobias (including blood/needle/injury phobia), social anxiety, health anxiety, panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia).
I offer a free half an hour initial meeting, please email or call to arrange.
For self-funding clients payment is normally made at the start of each session, £60 cash or cheque, and a reduced rate is offered of £250 for five sessions when paid in full, in advance.
For clients who are being funded through health insurance or employee assistance schemes please contact me for details.
It's always hard to know how many sessions will be needed, but a good rule of thumb is to commit to ten sessions, then at session ten we can take stock and see how you're getting on and see if you need any more. If you find that you don't need that many sessions that's fine too. Also, we have to be realistic - no therapy works for everyone, so if my approach doesn't seem right for you, or you're not happy with the way it's progressing, please say so, and it may be possible to refer you on the colleagues who use different approaches.
I work from premises in central Bridport and Poundbury with free parking, level access and a downstairs loo.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently Mondays and Wednesdays in Dorchester and Friday's in Bridport. Please contact me for further details as sometimes it varies and I do try to be flexible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|